Monday, December 9, 2002

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The Daily Gazette
Swarthmore College
Monday, December 9, 2002
Volume 7, Number 64

See the latest pictures of the Science Center–in the snow!

In the continuing spirit of experimentation and a drive to improve
ourselves in any way possible, the Gazette has accepted a weather joke from
disgruntled reader Jon Schneider ’03 (a.k.a. The Chicken), who has proposed
that he can spice up our “lame” humor and increase reader satisfaction. So
let us know what you think of today’s joke at!

Write to us!:
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1) Matt Landreman elected 2003 Rhodes Scholar

2) Olde Club vandalized, robbed yesterday

3) Altuzarra fashion show to hit the Upper Tarble runway

4) Debaters win George Washington tourney

5) World news roundup

6) Campus events


1) Weekend results unavailable

2) Upcoming contests

* brought to you by Jon Schneider ’03 *

Today: Mostly sunny. High around 30.
It’s been a long, green question to succour, and here in bed I know your
thumbs are true.

Tonight: Clear to partly cloudy. Low near 19.
Hasn’t sand-tooth been enough for you? I’m thinking a remarkable rubber

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. High around 39.
Oh, yes, my dears. The Chicken begets quiet in times of storm. Touch me, oh my.

Extended Weather Forecast

by Josh Hausman
Gazette Weatherman

Summary: Although today polar air will make it feel like winter,
unfortunately for those of us who love snow and cold milder pacific air will
arrive on Tuesday and remain for the rest of the week (the beautiful snow
cover is not going to last very long!). Highs today will be only around
freezing, but will be in the 40’s for the rest of the week. Low temperatures
may drop into the teens tonight, but will be in the 30’s thereafter. Storms
tracking up the mid-Atlantic coast are likely to bring precipitation to
Swarthmore Wednesday and again on Saturday.  Some snow or mixed
precipitation may mix with rain during Wednesday’s storm, but this weekend’s
storm is likely to be all rain.

For a more up to date forecast (with fancy graphics!) click on this link:

Here is the forecast as of Sunday night:
Today (Monday). Sunny. Highs around freezing. Light and variable winds.
Tonight. Clear and cold. Lows in the mid to upper teens. Light and variable
Tuesday. Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s.
Tuesday night. Partly cloudy in the evening. Then becoming cloudy after
midnight. Lows in the lower 30s.
Wednesday. Cloudy with a chance of rain or snow. Highs in the lower 40s.
Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Wednesday night. Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows in the lower 30s.
Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday. Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s.
Friday. Becoming cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s and highs in the mid 40s.
Saturday. Cloudy. A chance of rain. Breezy. Lows in the lower 30s and highs
in the mid 40s.
Sunday. Partly cloudy and windy. Lows in the lower 40s and highs in the mid

Long-Range computer models indicate that Philadelphia may experience above
normal temperatures next week.

Philadelphia normal (average temperatures) for December 8th : Hi 46 Low 32
Record High: 70
Record Low: 6
Last week was a very cold week for early December in Philadelphia. Saturday
morning’s low temperature of 16 degrees at the Philadelphia airport was one
degree short of equaling the record low.
For more information on Philadelphia’s climate see:

Focus: Snow’s effect on the weather: The snow on the ground has been part of
the reason the last few days have been so cold.  During the day snow
reflects sunlight and thus keeps high temperatures much cooler.
Meteorologists at the Philadelphia national weather service office estimated
that the regions snow cover kept high temperatures three to eight degrees
cooler than they otherwise would have been.  Snow can have an equally
impressive cooling effect at night, since it very effectively radiates heat
into the atmosphere.  Very cold nights are much more likely to occur when
there is significant snow cover.


Lunch: Chicken nuggets, curly fries, tofu joe, baked penne with mushrooms,
corn, spinach, cheesesteak bar, cookies

Dinner: Tilapia with shrimp and scallop sauce, rice pilaf, spicy peanut
noodle, Indian style chick peas, broccoli, cauliflower, picnic bar, ice
cream bar


1) Matt Landreman elected 2003 Rhodes Scholar

by Pei Pei Liu
Co-Managing Editor

Senior Matt Landreman was announced on Saturday as one of the 32 American
Rhodes Scholars elected for 2003, making him the first Swattie to earn the
prestigious award since Jacob Krich, class of 2000

This year’s Scholars, the 100th anniversary class, were selected from a
total of 981 applicants endorsed by 341 colleges and universities across
the U.S. Ninety-eight students from 74 schools reached the final stage of
selection, which was held on December 6 and 7 in eight cities across the
country. Landreman attended the District II Selection Committee in New York
City over the weekend.

“The interview rounds are set up as a three-day process,” Landreman
explained. “On the first evening, you arrive and they hold a reception,
where you meet the other candidates and the members of the interview panel.
It’s a fun chance to get to know these other interesting candidates, and an
opportunity to talk with your interviewers on a moderately formal level.”

The following morning, Landreman continued, each candidate interviews for
twenty minutes. “Sometimes we get called in for further interviews. Then
the panel brings us all together, tells us we’re all good candidates, and
announces the names.”

Candidates for the scholarship may apply in their state of legal residence
or the state in which they have attended college for at least two years.
They must then be endorsed by their college or university to advance to the
state selection committees; this year Swarthmore endorsed 11 applicants.
The six-person Pennsylvania state committee congregated on December 3 and 4
in Pittsburgh and advanced 12 candidates to the District II committee,
which made its final selection of four Rhodes Scholars, including
Landreman. The other District II Scholars are Jonah Lehrer from Columbia,
and Sue Meng and Lindsey Worth, both from Harvard.

The grueling application process begins with five to eight letters of
recommendation, a personal statement, and other general information such as
a resume. “There’s no big academic work that you submit,” Landreman said.
“It’s sort of like applying to an undergraduate program–pretty wide open.
They want to see that you’re a thoughtful person and get to know you
through your writing.”

According to the official website of the Rhodes Scholarships
(, the criteria
for selection are “high academic
achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for
others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.”

Created in 1902 by the Will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, the
Rhodes Scholarships provide students with two or three years of study at
the University of Oxford, paying all fees and providing a stipend for
expenses and transportation. Landreman, an honors physics major and
mathematics minor who was recently recognized by the American Physical
Society (,

explained that he plans to study mathematics at Oxford next year.

“What they call mathematics has a broader definition at Oxford than here,”
he explained. “It’s more the applied side of mathematics, what they call
‘physics’ in the U.S. But it’s a unique group of subjects that you can’t
study in the U.S. In a way, it’ll be a nice way to complement what I’ve
learned about physics here–I’ll be getting the best of both systems.”

Approximately 95 Scholars worldwide are chosen for Rhodes Scholarships each
year from the 19 participating jurisdictions, including the U.S. Though the
value of the Scholarships varies, the average award is approximately
$30,000 a year.

“I’m excited to be part of a group with such a long and prominent history,”
Landreman said. “I feel like a door has been opened, and I’m able to enter
a fantastic organization of really dedicated and fascinating people. It’s
really exciting.”

But though he’ll be across the Atlantic next fall, Landreman hasn’t
forgotten his undergraduate roots. Comparing the feeling of winning the
Scholarship to the experience of being accepted to Swat, Landreman added,
“The funny thing I’ve caught myself doing lately is repeating that old Bob
Gross mantra–I am not an admissions mistake!”


2) Olde Club vandalized, robbed yesterday

by Jeremy Schifeling
Co-Managing Editor

Olde Club was broken into and vandalized early Sunday morning, resulting in
extensive damage to the Club and the theft of expensive musical equipment.

At some point between 2:00 a.m., when Olde Club sound technician Dave
McCandlish ’05 locked up the building, and 10:00 a.m., when the Inflight
Rock Band arrived at the Club to practice, vandals entered and ransacked
the facility, according to Club Director Caroline Bermudez ’04.

As of press time, it was unclear how the vandals gained entrance to the
Club, but Bermudez suggested that a faulty window may have provided easy

Once the vandals were inside, they appear to have gone on a chaotic spree
of violence and theft.

They kicked in the dead-bolted door to the sound equipment room and stole
two microphones, valued at approximately $1,000 by McCandlish.
Additionally, they took McCandlish’s backpack, which contained some 30 CDs,
as well as library books he had been using for an upcoming paper.

Downstairs, they found a couple of paint cans left over from the mural that
had been painted in the Club this past summer. The vandals proceeded to
spill paint all over the floor and walls, smearing it around with a large
broom. Some of the paint was splattered onto the mural while still more
landed on one of the Club’s couches. At the base of the stairs, the vandals
inscribed the following statement into the still-wet paint: “Jackson
Pollock wuz here.” Finally, a window in the Club’s kitchen was smashed, and
glass was scattered across the floor, both upstairs and down.

All in all, the cost of cleaning and repairing Olde Club, as well as
replacing the stolen items, will likely be considerable. McCandlish notes
that the door to the equipment room will need to be replaced, amongst other
things. Bermudez, for her part, hopes that the repairs will be part of a
more comprehensive remodeling of the Club–or at least an upgrade of the
building’s less-than-secure windows and doors.

Although Public Safety declined to comment on the incident, Bermudez
mentioned that two PS officers were on the scene early Sunday morning,
taking pictures of the basement where a few footprints had been left in the

While the investigation continues, both Bermudez and McCandlish are hoping
that this event will not only alert the campus community to the need for
greater security, but also promote more respect in the treatment of public

“Ideally, this will serve as a wake-up call for the campus about security,”
said Bermudez. “This was not an isolated incident.”

And McCandlish: “I really feel that as a community we can’t tolerate this
type of behavior. We share a lot of resources on this campus and for a
couple people to get drunk and destroy something that is really for all of
us is absolutely reprehensible.”

For pictures of the damage to Olde Club, click here:


3) Altuzarra fashion show to hit the Upper Tarble runway

by Evelyn Khoo
Living & Arts Editor

Look out Swarthmore, here comes the real world! That was the message Joseph
Altuzarra ’05, the aspiring fashion designer, hopes to send with his
fashion show tonight at 9:30 p.m. in Upper Tarble.

“I feel that people (in Swarthmore) don’t get around enough in the real
world, or at least the real world as opposed to Swarthmore,” said
Altuzarra. “It’s great that here we have so many idealistic, ethical
conversations, but there is a lack of realism–appearance is a part of our

He has however, taken the skepticism of campus sentiment in his stride. “I
was anticipating a possible negative reaction, but I’d rather get a rise
out of people than indifference. I want to show them how fashion can be
more than just clothes; it can be entertainment, something that is art.”
Altuzarra notes the reasoning behind some of the arguments and defends his
work: “People who would object to fashion would object to it as the
embodiment of superficiality, but I don’t see the harm in making people
look good, because when you look good you feel good, and that’s who we are
too. Swarthmore places a huge emphasis on the mind, but I think that the
body is important too.”

The emphasis Altuzarra places on sensory perception is very much prevalent
in the outfits he has prepared for tonight’s show. The theme of the show
was Altuzarra’s native Paris and the clothes he has produced were drawn
from his memories and experiences in France. “I have clothes which are
named ‘Server (as in waiter) 1,’ ‘Server 2,’ and the fabrics and the
rationale of color I used are all reminiscent of Paris.”

Another key source that Altuzarra draws from is his models’ own styles.
“Kate [Hurster], Chloe [Le Pichon], Hannah [Harvester], Suzanne [Wu]–they
are all people who have very distinctive styles of dressing and the outfits
I designed for them are sort of an exaggeration of their style, something I
picture them wearing if they were in Paris.”

Although he definitely lists Swarthmore and friends at Swarthmore as
influences on his work, Altuzarra does feel that fashion at Swarthmore on
the whole is “extremely conservative. As much as people pride themselves on
being intellectually liberal, I think they aren’t as creative with their
fashion as they could be.”

He hopes to change this feeling with his show: “I’ve had a lot of fun doing
it (putting up the show) and I hope people enjoy it. I have had some
positive reaction, people coming up to tell me they’re really excited about
it. I hope to do a show every semester, but make them more theatrical, with
a stage and stage design and more of a semi-narrative theme. I also really
hope that it will become a tradition, that who knows, maybe ten years from
now Swarthmore will be known for its bi-annual fashion show.”


4) Debaters win George Washington tourney

by Jeremy Schifeling
Co-Managing Editor

Seniors Rob Peterson and Sarah Drescher captured their first-ever
tournament championship at George Washington University’s annual debate
competition, held this past weekend in Washington, DC.

Facing off against 35 teams from schools across the Eastern Seaboard,
Peterson and Drescher advanced to the final round against the University of
Virginia after dispatching squads from William & Mary and the University of
Maryland – College Park in the preceding rounds. Having previously debated
such topics as suffrage for resident aliens and a hypothetical alliance
between Chinese leaders Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, the debaters turned
their attention to a more collegiate issue:

“You are the housing director of a state university. There are two freshman
dorms that new students can voluntarily choose between that naturally tend
to end up with racially-segregated student populations. Do you allow this
to continue or do you assign freshman housing to enforce diversity?”

Given the choice between these resolutions, Peterson and Drescher chose to
advocate for the latter policy and, in a hotly-contested round, emerged
victorious on a narrow 5-4 judge’s decision.

With the victory, the duo becomes the fourth-ranked team in the American
Parliamentary Debate Association. In addition, Drescher was named the
second-best speaker overall, while Peterson took fifth place. David Bing
’03 also had a strong individual performance, earning ninth-place speaker


5) World news roundup

* According to, official and diplomatic sources at the U.N. have
revealed that the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council will
receive unedited copies of the Iraqi declaration regarding their weapons of
mass destruction programs. On Friday Hans Blix, chief U.N. weapons
inspector, announced that he would first review the report and then pass on
edited versions to the members of the Security Council because of concerns
about the diffusion of the knowledge needed to create weapons of mass
destruction. However, the decision to release the documents to the
permanent members was made after the United States negotiated with the
current president of the Security Council, Colombian U.N. Ambassador
Alfonso Valdiviezo. The report reached the U.N. headquarters in New York
City late Sunday night.

* Rebels in Ivory Coast pushed further east on Sunday, causing the
country’s defense minister to encourage citizens between the ages of 22 and
26 to volunteer for the country’s armed forces. Soldiers from France, who
were present monitoring a mid-October ceasefire, reported that the rebels
were approximately 75 miles east of the Liberian border and closing in on
the town of Guiglo. As the struggle continues evidence of mass graves and
other atrocities has begun to emerge, but there are no definite
explanations of who committed them or why they have occurred yet.

* The joint inquiry by the House and Senate intelligence committees has
drafted a final report, which is scheduled to go before the full committees
for a vote on Tuesday according to congressional aides. Most of the report
is classified and will remain so until the committee votes on it, but it is
said that it recommends that the domestic intelligence powers of the CIA be
curtailed while the possibility of creating a new agency in charge of
domestic matters, possibly modeled after Great Britain’s MI5, is studied.


6) Campus events

Linguistics lecture
Scheuer Room, 4:15 p.m.

Women in Science dinner
Sharples Room 4, 6:00 p.m.

Good Schools PA meeting
Mephistos, 9:00 p.m.

Joseph Altuzarra Fashion Show
Upper Tarble, 9:30 p.m.

SWIL Movie Night: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Kirby Lecture Hall, 10:00 p.m.



1) Weekend results unavailable

The results from this weekend’s athletic matches were unavailable at the
time of publication.


2) Upcoming contests

There are no contests scheduled for today or tomorrow.



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